Maytree News headlines – March 28, 2011


Join Ratna Omidvar for a live chat: Tapping the talent of new Canadians – 11am tomorrow Mar 29 (Globe and Mail)
Does Canada harness the talent of the thousands of people immigrating to the country each year? Current trends indicate employers are increasingly reaching out directly to new Canadians, as well as connecting with them through community organizations such as the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and ACCES Employment.

Winners of the 2011 Best Employers for New Canadians Announced (Canad’as Top 100 Employers)
Now entering its 5th year, the Best Employers for New Canadians competition is managed by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in partnership with ALLIES, a joint initiative of the The Maytree Foundation and The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, two foundations with long histories of strengthening Canadian communities. This special designation recognizes the nation’s best employers for recent immigrants. These employers offer interesting programs to assist new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace — and a new life in Canada. This year’s winners were announced in a special editorial feature published on March 28, 2011 in The Globe and Mail newspaper.

Canada’s most welcoming employers for new Canadians (Globe and Mail)
It took more than throwing a company potluck to make this year’s list of 40 Best Employers for New Canadians. Winners are addressing the practical challenges that new Canadians face when seeking employment. Employers are increasingly reaching out directly to new Canadians as well as connecting with them through organizations such as the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and ACCES Employment.

Employers untangle the dreaded Catch-22 (Globe and Mail)
“For us, experience is one of the biggest issues,” says Mr. Soto, who graduated from the University of Zulia, one of his country’s largest and most prestigious universities. “It is, as you call it, a Catch-22.” …Companies such as TransCanada, which was named a 2011 Best Employers for New Canadians, are allowing time off with pay for studies, and providing individual mentoring and coaching.

Immigrant youths lured by gangs, study shows (Vancouver Sun)
That boy is now a 14-year-old refugee living in Canada, who was never provided with any support to deal with the trauma he experienced in his homeland. He is now a member of a gang and was interviewed at a juvenile youth detention centre by Hieu Van Ngo, a PhD candidate with the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work, who wrote his thesis on why youths join gangs and the preventive supports necessary to support at-risk and gang-involved youths.

Canadian Association of College and University Student Services 2011: At the Heart of Diversity? (CACUSS)
Ryerson University will be hosting the annual conference for the first time in 2011, welcoming 650-700 delegates to its downtown Toronto campus from June 19-22, 2011. At this conference CACUSS members will share best practices, learn and network within a community directly tied to their profession. The conference theme “At the Heart of Diversity” is a reflection of not only the strength of diverse identities, backgrounds and geographic locations, but of the strength of the broad membership of CACUSS and how tools and learning from one field of student affairs can benefit another.

Harper’s first stop in suburban, heavily ethnic territory (Maclean’s)
And this reaction flowed from a crowd of Tories that included a large contingent of Sikhs, a key component of the “very ethnic” voting demographic targeted, above all, by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. (Kenney was, not coincidentally, on hand to introduce the Prime Minister.) The response of immigrants in particular to the evoking of Canada’s privileged safe-harbour status is hardly surprising. What’s crucial here is Harper’s apparent success in building his brand around “stability and security,” especially in the eyes of voters who come from places where those are scarce commodities. Hence the cheering.

Harper makes pitch in multicultural voter-rich GTA (Toronto Sun)
Shamsher Singh, a small business owner and party faithful who attended the rally from nearby Etobicoke in west Toronto, said the Sikh community is ready to elect a Conservative majority government. “His commitment (to multicultural communities) is one of the best in the last 35 years,” Singh said. “That’s why I’m here, to support Mr. Stephen Harper and we want a Conservative majority government this time.” Realtor Harinder Lamba, who travelled from the city’s east end for Sunday’s rally, said he also wants the Tories to win more seats in the GTA and form a majority. In fact, he said, “he will get them for sure.”

Liberals accuse Tories of trying to buy ‘very ethnic’ votes with visas (Vancouver Sun)
The Opposition Liberals accused the federal Conservatives Sunday of using visas to buy votes and win the support of “very ethnic” Canadians after an Ontario Tory candidate said on a newly released audio recording that he had three employees helping him “process immigration files or anything else.” Liberal Ruby Dhalla, the incumbent running in the Ontario riding of Brampton-Springdale, said the comments, along with the recent accidental release of a Conservative strategy to target “very ethnic” ridings, raise numerous questions about ethics, integrity and accountability.

A two-way immigration evolution (The Province)
Immigration is a two-way street that requires British Columbians to adapt to immigrants while immigrants are adapting to B.C., a major conference in Vancouver heard last week. “Let’s not just look at how immigrants adapt, but let’s also look at what’s happening with British Columbia systems and what’s happening with British Columbians,” provincial government immigrantsettlement director Catherine Poole told participants in a workshop at the four-day Metropolis 2011 conference, which finished Saturday.

High immigration costly to environment (Edmonton Journal)
Only a stable human population (i.e. zero population growth) will secure what’s left of our wilderness and semi-wild places and provide some hope for the future of our threatened species. Yet with the current Canadian immigration policy immigration contributes two-thirds to our present annual population growth rate of one per cent, leading to a projected approximate population total of 42 million people in Canada by 2050.

Remembering Dudley Laws (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Valarie Steele, she is former president of the Jamaican-Canadian Association, and with Charles Roach. He is a lawyer and co-founder of the Black Action Defense Committee.

NS funds black education program (
African-Nova Scotians who want to go back to school and train for a good job will be getting help from a new three-year, $7.5-million provincial program. To be eligible, participants must be out of school for more than a year and have trouble finding work because of limited job skills. The Skills Up program will help about 350 people overcome barriers to starting a career, Mari­lyn More, minister of labour and advanced education, said Friday.

DiverseCity fellow profiles (LinkedIn)
Profiles of a number of DiverseCity Fellows on LinkedIn.

Poison pen letters come out of the shadows (Metro Vancouver)
The poison pen letter is frequently the weapon of choice for those who wish to sabotage someone’s immigration application. They’re often sent to immigration officials by a person who was once close to the applicant, such as a friend, relative, employer, or co-worker. Circumstances have since changed and they now wish, for myriad possible reasons, to scuttle the applicant’s immigration plans.–poison-pen-letters-come-out-of-the-shadows–page0


On the smugglers’ trail: The multi-headed snake (National Post)
Canada is now a target of Southeast Asia’s human smuggling syndicates. Saturday, in the first instalment of a four-part investigative series, the Post’s Stewart Bell identifies the suspected members of the criminal network that has been sending migrant ships to Canada.

On the smugglers’ trail: Sun Sea’s Canadian link (National Post)
In the second installment of a four-part investigative series, the National Post tells the story of the Canadians linked to the MV Sun Sea smuggling investigation.

Canada near top of list for asylum seekers (CBC)
The UN refugee agency says the number of people seeking asylum in the West dropped by five per cent last year. The agency said Monday that 358,800 people applied for asylum in the EU and 17 other countries that it surveyed in 2010… France, Germany, Sweden and Canada had the next highest numbers of new applications.



Arts & Culture Summit reaches out to local business community (Kelowna Capital News)
“People underestimate the impact culture and business can have on a city,” said Born, director of the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement. “There is a lot of power to be had with community conversations.” Born, who will be presenting the C3 Creativity, Commerce & Community=Quality of Life session, is a motivational, informative and often humorous speaker who believes in the power of stories.

Time to thaw out Ontario’s poverty reduction promise (Toronto Star)
Ontarians want leadership on poverty reduction. In a recent Angus-Reid poll, 89 per cent of Canadians agreed that people in poverty deserve a helping hand; 81 per cent said helping poor families sets up children for success. Almost all agreed everyone deserves a sense of dignity.–time-to-thaw-out-ontario-s-poverty-reduction-promise


Filipina live-in caregivers pursue human rights complaint (McGill Daily)
A Montreal company that provides live-in caregivers is being brought to the Quebec Human Rights Commission on charges of human rights violations and forced labour. The company, Super Nanny, has been trafficking Filipina women from across Asia under the federal government’s Live-in Caregiver (LIC) program. Evelyn Calugay, president of Filipina worker’s group PINAY, said the women “are being lured by the good life they will have here.”

Noisy protest held on behalf of migrant workers outside Denny’s on Davie Street (
The rally was organized by the immigrants’-rights group Migrante-B.C. and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. They’re backing a lawsuit by a migrant worker, Herminia Vergara Dominguez, against the restaurant’s owner, Northland Properties Corporation.


GTA’s Issues (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke about the upcoming federal election with Rahul Bhardwaj. He is President and CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation. Then we opened the phone lines and heard from some of our listeners.

Monday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Council, Transportation, Earth Hour, Architecture & Development, Education, History, City Life Profiles Other News.

The rankings: Top 20 ‘overall’ cities (Globe and Mail)
The Toronto Board of Trade’s Scorecard on Prosperity ranks 24 cities based on economy and labour attractiveness. Toronto is ranked 8th.

What’s holding Canadian cities back? (Globe and Mail)
On Monday, March 28 at 1 p.m. ET, the Globe’s urban affairs reporter Siri Agrell and Carol Wilding, president and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade, will participate in a live discussion with readers, tackling the question: What’s holding Canadian cities back?

Where’s Toronto’s voice in the federal election? (National Post)
So, there’s a federal election. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the City of Toronto is totally irrelevant for the next month. Jonathan Goldsbie and Matt Gurney consider how the city might fit into it all.

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